Vice Provost, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Job description

Open Date:


Classification Title:

Vice Provost, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Provost's Office


Provost's Office

FLSA Status:

Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)

Career/Pay Band:

4A/4B depending on level of education and experience

Work Schedule:

Full Year

Full Time vs Part Time:

Full Time



Primary Function:

As the University’s chief diversity officer, the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion reports to the Provost and is the institutional and educational resource for guiding the University’s efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture, and cultivate diversity, and provides coordinating leadership for diversity issues institution-wide.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assess the University’s programs, policies, procedures and practices to identify gaps and barriers that limit progress in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, and recommend changes in practice that will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Lead development of the diversity pillar in the upcoming strategic planning process
  • Develop and implement strategies and tactics that foster a positive and inclusive work environment.
  • Establish a partnership with Student Success, campus departments, and students that facilitates community-building and identify allies to support a safe, vibrant, welcoming, and inclusive campus climate for all students, faculty and staff both on campus and off campus
  • Ensure that diversity and inclusion initiatives are implemented in an integrated manner throughout the University and that these initiatives are regularly assessed
  • Research and recommend improvements to the bias response and intervention structure based on best practices and work with campus leaders to develop and facilitate efforts related to prevention, education, and intervention
  • Partner with other University leaders, students, employees and committees to ensure programming and initiatives support the University’s diversity values and goals
  • Create a strong partnership with the Human Resources office and the Deans to advance the recruitment, and support for and retention of employees from diverse backgrounds
  • Lead and support highly visible educational and awareness events and activities throughout the year to develop and strengthen cultural competency
  • Partner with state and national organizations related to DEI efforts
  • Ensure University compliance with applicable University, federal, state, local and associational laws, rules and regulations
  • Chair the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, or other committees as applicable
  • Other relevant duties as assigned

Judgment Required:

Performance of the essential duties of this position is dependent upon independent ingenuity and developmental efforts.

Budgetary Responsibility:

Analyzes budgetary data and develops budget proposals.

Machines & Equipment Used:

Regular office equipment


J.D., or Masters or PhD in counseling, organizational development, education, psychology, social work, human resources management or related field.


  • At least 5 years of experience as a diversity officer inside or outside of higher education
  • Demonstrated track record in organizational change leadership and change management
  • Demonstrated track record in promoting and advancing organizational and community diversity goals
  • Knowledge of current diversity issues with a clear understanding of the importance of an inclusive and diverse environment in a small liberal arts college higher education or similar setting

Job Related Skills:

  • Ability to respond with equanimity to crisis and highly sensitive situations
  • Possess a high degree of emotional intelligence and excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Well-developed conflict resolution skills and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Genuine desire, willingness and ability to work collaboratively, see assets and existing work and empower leaders to work together for a collective vision
  • Strong administrative ability to articulate and realize concrete measures for implementing the work of a strategic vision
  • Ability to present information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences

Student Contact:



Frequent: Faculty, staff, administrative department heads, and cabinet members


Occasional: Board members, other institutions and colleges, state and national organizations related to DEI efforts

Supervision Received:

This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with supervisor.

Positions Directly Supervised:

  • Title IX Coordinator
  • Director of Multicultural Affairs
  • Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Partnerships

Confidential Information:

Budgets and salaries
Bias incident information

Working Environment:

Must be able to wear an approved mask for prolonged periods while performing job duties and responsibilities

Any additional requirements specific to this position:

Must be willing to relocate if not currently residing within the Sewanee area

University Information:

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

EEO Statement:

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening:

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This requirement of non-discrimination extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be addressed to:

The University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Sylvia Gray, at:

Woods Lab, 138

(931) 598-1420

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]




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Job No:
Posted: 11/30/2020
Application Due: 2/28/2021
Work Type: Full Time